Posted by Mike Momb
on December 19, 2000 at 13:41:58:
In Reply to: Re: barretts esophogus posted by rosilita on October 11, 2000 at 17:12:31:
: : My 30 yr old daughter was diagnosed with Barretts esophogus and she acted as if it were no big deal. Is this true? She used the term Barretts Syndrome.. Would someone please explain to me what this is and the cure. I have no clue. Thank you.
: its a disorder in which there are celluar changes due to chronic irritation and inflamation of the reflux oesophogus. the diagnosis is made by biopsy of the mucuosa . some of the things that sometime might help is to avoid fatty foods and alchol and lay flat after eating. she can treat the pain with antacids.the biggest thing as she already probably knows is she now has to be followed very closely for cancer of the oesphogis.
I was also recently diagnosed with Barretts Syndrome and the doctor told me there is a 5 in 100 chance I could get cancer of the esophogus. He also told me there is no cure for Barretts Syndrome, you have it for life. Does anyone know if the cancer risk increases with time? Can someone have this syndrome for 20, 30 or even longer with no cancer?